The city of Chino Hills, CA is getting a new cell tower, and a garden spot to go with it, reports ChampionNewspapers.com. Southern California Edison has a substation that will be hosting the 50-foot monopole that Verizon said would have a “nice conical shape about it,” a monopine with panache.
In a joint venture, the utility company site will be landscaped by Verizon, then maintained by the city.
The 1,634 square foot corner will be planted with trees and flowers, beautifying an area that is currently bare dirt. Community Development Director Joann Lombardo, stated that Chino Hills, Verizon, and Southern California Edison were able to work together to devise a solution resulting in the landscape maintenance easement.
The fence around the site, however, was something of a sore point. Southern California Edison rep, Kim Zuppinger, explained that the company needs to maintain line-of-sight access into the substation for security reasons, making a chain link fence a necessity.
“I’m sure Edison can afford to build an attractive wall around the substation,” said disgruntled resident, Christian Addicott. “Every other substation has a wall around it.” Lombardo countered that it was a big win to get the other parties to agree to the landscaping request.
August 21, 2019